Urban Prairie Waldorf School
"All understanding
begins with wonder."
Goethe

Employment Opportunities

We are currently seeking to fill the following positions:

Administrative Assistant

The Administrative Assistant  is the face of the school for current and prospective families. To this end the person in the role must be friendly, welcoming, and customer-service oriented. Candidate must be highly organized,  and quickly able to become well-acquainted with the school policies and procedures as outlined in the school handbook. 

Duties include:

  • Greeter
    • Greet families, prospective families, and all other visitors.
    • Ensure visitors sign in and follow procedures while in the building.
    • Answer the school phone with basic knowledge of how to use phone system, awareness of school and faculty schedule, school policies, and procedures in order to field questions.
    • Transfer calls and record messages.
    • Maintain a beautiful and orderly greeting environment for our visiting parents and guests, including ensuring the entry areas are litter- and clutter-free from the front curb to the front offices
  • Supply and facilities Management
    • Maintain stock of basic supplies for building upkeep and classroom and office needs
    • Keep supplies orderly
    • Keep work space orderly
    • Help clean up messes and spills throughout the school building throughout the day
    • Restock bathrooms if necessary
    • Maintain facility small project work order requests, track and report progress
  • Sick and injured students
    • Administer basic first aid
    • Log student office visits 
    • Determine when parents/guardians should be notified about injury or incident
    • Respond to walkie talkie calls from faculty
  • Lunch program
    • Collect orders from families via e mail
    • Confirm orders with restaurants or school kitchen
    • Distribute lunches to students
  • Aftercare, Recess  and student supervision
    • Assist aftercare staff as needed.  May include escorting children to and from bathrooms, filling in for aftercare staff for inside and outside duties, communicating between aftercare staff and parent pick up
    • May be asked to assist with recess duty.
  • Manage dismissal administrative details
    • Collect special instructions from families
    • Give note to dismissal staff
    • Handle last minute question
    • Work closely with aftercare staff and support them after school as needed to ensure smooth flow of after school pick up and student safety.
  • IT
    • Assist other administrators with data entry and database management
    • Oversee phone system needs and support administration in training and using the system tools.
  • Other
    • Other duties as assigned by supervisors. 

 

  • Skills needed 
    • Customer service experience including in person greeter and over phone.
    • Knowledge of Microsoft word programs
    • Comfort learning and using industry software. These may include TADS enrollment management, BigSis school records management, and GSuite and Trello for organizational communication and projects. 
    • Detail oriented and organized
    • Show intiative to get projects going and completed
    • Willingness and ability to take direction from multiple supervisors 
    • Highly flexible to last minute change and ability to present a calm demeanor in all situations 
    • Timeliness

Position details

  • Full time hourly position.  30-40 hours per week varies with school break schedule.
  • Includes holiday pay, sick pay
  • Includes medical benefits

Starting compensation is competitive and takes into consideration years of experience. Applicants should send a letter of interest relevant to the position, resume, and three references to jobs@urbanprairie.org. 

Urban Prairie Waldorf School provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.


Aftercare Teacher

Urban Prairie Waldorf School, a grade school serving pre-kindergarten – eighth grade students,  located on the near west side of Chicago is seeking an Aftercare Teacher.

Urban Prairie seeks a aftercare teacher for grades Early Childhood – 8th grade. The teacher will be expected to:

  • gather students at dismissal;
  • escort students outside;
  • monitor and encourage positive play outside;
  • lead games or activities; and
  • bring students inside for a school-provided snack and indoor playtime.
  • Assist at reception desk and greet parents.

 

We are looking for an individual who possesses the following skills:

  • Prior experience working with elementary-aged children;
  • Effective communication with parents
  • Planning structured, grade appropriate outdoor/ indoor activities
  • Working as a team with other UPWS aftercare teachers
  • Discipling/redirecting children into positive play and behavior
  • Keeping all children in a calm and content state of mind
  • Timeliness

We are looking for a charismatic, self-starting individual for this role. Approximately 15 hours per week, work hours range from 2:30 – 6:00 p.m. Starting compensation is competitive and takes into consideration years of experience. Applicants should send a letter of interest relevant to the position, resume, and three references to gyasi.kress@urbanprairie.org. 

Urban Prairie Waldorf School provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.


Director of Enrollment & Admissions

Primary Purpose of Job
The mission of the Director of Enrollment and Admissions is to lead, develop, and drive Urban Prairie Waldorf School’s (UPWS) admission’s strategy to increase enrollment of new students to reach and maintain full enrollment of qualified students.

Key Responsibilities
The Director of Enrollment and Admissions works in the following areas: 

 

  1. Develops an admissions process that serves the needs of the school resulting in increased enrollment. 
  2. Forms, develops, and coordinates teams, drawn from the faculty and community, to inform and implement an Admission’s Strategy. 
  3. Speaks confidently on behalf of the school on matters relating to admissions and related activities. 

 

Admissions strategy

 

  1. Leads in the development and implementation of UPWS’s long-term admissions strategy to reach and maintain full enrollment with qualified students by evaluating trends; using data to establish critical measurements; reviewing and designing new systems and processes; including drafting annual admission, enrollment and retention plans,  which are regularly reviewed, evaluated, and revised. 
  2. Ensures the long-term flow of quality inquiries and applicants is maintained by analyzing trends in and developing strategies for enrollment, marketing, and outreach activities, specifically tailored to targeted neighboring audiences. 
  3. Works closely with all those involved in outreach, marketing, and promotions to ensure strategy and action plans are fully integrated and implemented. 
  4. Works closely with the Director of Administration to ensure the School’s pedagogy and philosophy are reflected throughout the admissions funnel. 

 

Lead ambassador

 

  1. Acts as the main point of contact between the school and prospective families to ensure strong relationships are built and maintained. 
  2. Works with the faculty, Board of Trustees, and parents to build support for admissions work, providing guidance as needed and using all available formal and informal opportunities e.g. recruitment and community events. 
  3. Develops and maintains relationships with selected standalone preschools and child care centers within a targeted geographic area.

 

Admissions events

 

  1. Sets and leads calendar of recruitment activities; reviews and modifies admission activities and programs designed to inform prospective families and encourage them to apply for admission.
  2. Works closely with the Director of Administration and faculty level chairs to utilize admissions events for retention of current families.
  3. Works closely with the Early Childhood and Parent-Child classes to ensure the program provides a pipeline to Kindergarten and elementary school programs. 

 

Admissions Process 

 

  1. Ensures a seamless and professional approach to all contact between UPWS and prospective families. 
  2. Manages and improves an effective admission process for new families from inquiry to accepted student follow-up. 

 

Other areas of work 

 

  1. Ensures all records, databases, and files are held confidentially, are current, and are professionally organized for ease of access, accuracy, and business continuity. 
  2. Coordinates orientation procedures for new families.  
  3. Represents the School in area professional organizations in support of independent school admissions; engages in professional development to keep UPWS at the forefront of independent school admissions trends and innovations; maintains a network of professional contacts for information sharing and problem solving. 
  4. Perform other duties as needed and/or assigned by the Director of Administration. 

 

In addition to a Bachelor’s degree, the following skills, knowledge and experience are required 

 

Technical skills 
1.  Highly proficient in working with a database
2.  Proficient use of standard office software, including Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Gmail, GSuite

 

Strong interpersonal skills
1. Collaborative leadership – able to gain support for admissions work within the faculty and the wider community. 
2. Ability to supervise, lead, coach, and manage the work of support staff, faculty, and volunteers.
3. Proactive networker who is able to cultivate internal and external relationships leading to increased awareness of and interest in UPWS. 
4. Outward facing ambassador for the school who is outgoing, friendly, and professional.

Knowledge
1. Detailed understanding of the admissions process, cycle, and constituent parts 
2. Good working knowledge of Waldorf education and the Chicago education landscape. 
3. Good understanding of contemporary educational issues and different educational models (e.g. Montessori) to help advise and guide parents.

How to apply:

Please submit your resume along with a cover letter detailing how your skills and experience match those listed in this job description to: jobs-2019doea@urbanprairie.org

Urban Prairie Waldorf School does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, religion, sexual orientation, or national or ethnic origin in the administration of its educational program, admission policies, financial aid policies

 


Eurythmy Teacher - Part Time

Urban Prairie Waldorf School seeks a part time Eurythmy Teacher to teach Eurythmy to Grades 1 – 8 in  blocks. 

During our first 10 years, our innovative start-up culture attracted a highly inspired, enthusiastic, and energetic faculty who are committed to a dynamic and forward-thinking approach to Waldorf education. We have an involved community of parents and new alumni, and a supportive and highly dedicated administration. 

UPWS believes in investing heavily in our employees and offers a strong compensation package, including a competitive salary structure, medical, short-term disability, long-term disability, 401K benefits, and annual professional development.

About the School

Founded in 2009, our school serves Early Childhood through 8th grade and promotes a rich curriculum such as Spanish, Mandarin, handwork, chorus, orchestra, movement, educational support/extra lesson, and woodwork and other practical arts. Significant recent pedagogical initiatives at UPWS have included will-based education, expeditionary learning, Kim John Payne’s Three Streams of Social Support, social inclusion/SEED, and a collaboratively taught middle school program that engages the student in knowing themselves for high school and life preparedness. 

After an extensive search, we purchased a new home for our school in 2018.  In 2018-19, we moved into our new campus — a 50,000 square foot building that includes 23 classrooms, a gymnasium, science lab, kitchen space, and a large outdoor space. Urban Prairie is committed to stewarding our land with health and gratitude. Our Master Plan is in its beginning stages, allowing our faculty and community to dream into our new home.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

Reasonable Accommodations Statement

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Essential Functions:

  • Deliver age-appropriate Eurythmy curriculum
  • Block and lesson planning in subject aligned with Waldorf curriculum by grade and subject. 
  • Understanding of childhood development to be used in lesson planning and classroom management
  • Appropriate and effective classroom management including use of the school’s Three Stream discipline and support process and tools
  • Ensure student safety in accordance with school policy and procedure
  • Communicate and work with parents in accordance with UPWS guidelines in parent and employee handbooks
  • Write student mid-year, block and year end reports in accordance with grade level and UPWS standards
  •  Maintain a clean and organized classroom and workspace
  • Participate in assigned committee work
  • Participate in the school’s mentoring and evaluation programs / processes
  •  Participate in all school and classroom events
  • Exercise discretion and independent judgment in managing classroom supply budget and field trip budget
  • Adhere to employee expectations and Communication Guidelines

POSITION QUALIFICATIONS 

Competencies:

  • Strong knowledge of Eurythmy. 
  • Enthusiasm for delivering a Waldorf education that is relevant to the 21st century  child and develops social responsibility
  • Have a relationship and commitment to working with Anthroposophy
  • Commitment to understanding diversity in our school community and our surrounding neighborhood community, and bringing this as part of our students’ education.  
  • Ability to work in a collaborative manner in an environment of mutual support.
  • Flexibility and a growth mindset.
  • Commitment to personal and professional growth.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.

 SKILLS & ABILITIES

Education:  

  • Bachelor’s Degree preferred not required
  • Waldorf Teacher Training certification underway or a commitment to beginning within first year of employment at Urban Prairie and complete within 3 years of initial start date or other agreed upon date. Note: Subject-specific Waldorf training is acceptable, such as Spacial Dynamics.

Experience:  

  • A minimum of three – five years of experience in education and teaching Eurythmy is preferred  

Computer Skills:

  • E-mail used on a daily basis
  • Knowledge of Microsoft word and excel, Google documents, Dropbox, and Trello

Nondiscrimination statement Urban Prairie Waldorf School does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, religion, sexual orientation, or national or ethnic origin in the administration of its educational program, admission policies or financial aid policies. Urban Prairie is an equal opportunity employer.

Applicants should send a letter of interest, resume, and three references to jobs@urbanprairie.org. 


Substitute Teachers (General)

Urban Prairie Waldorf School is expanding our full-day substitute teacher list. We invite experienced teachers, advanced M.Ed. students, and Waldorf teacher training students to apply for this wonderful opportunity to gain hands-on experience in a Waldorf classroom. We will hold an observation and training day in early March to familiarize substitute teachers with Waldorf methods. Lesson and classroom guidelines will be provided for each grade.

To join the list, please send a note of introduction and a summary of your qualifications here ».